Since July, 1983, the Holzer Medical Center LIFELINE program has served nearly 1500 subscribers in Gallia, Jackson, Vinton, Meigs and Mason Counties, and currently has 375 subscribers, according to Dawn Halstead, the Hospital's Director of Volunteer Services, who also manages the LIFELINE program.
"LIFELINE is a unique personal emergency response system that provides people of all ages with around-the-clock access to emergency assistance, simply at the press of a button. For people with health limitations, physical challenges and personal security concerns, Lifeline offers the security of 24-hour monitoring in the comfort of their own home," Halstead said.
LIFELINE connects individuals to the support of neighbors, friends, family and emergency services in the community. By pushing a button worn around the neck or wrist, subscribers have rapid and direct access to a trained Lifeline staff member 24 hours a day.
"Not only is LIFELINE the industry's leader, but the pioneer of Personal Response Service. Our mission, which began 19 years ago with the initial gifts to establish the program provided by the late Emerson E. Evans and C. H. "Casey" McKenzie, has remained unchanged…to help older adults remain in their homes, independently, with security and peace of mind," Halstead commented.
"In recent years, we have seen consistent growth in the demand for services which assist older individuals, as well as their families and caregivers. The ability to live at home and maintain independence has a significant positive emotional impact for both the elderly and their family members," she continued.
Comment cards from subscribers who have shared their thoughts, include, "My LIFELINE service means peace of mind". "My LIFELINE is like a warm blanket, it's there when I need it". "To me LIFELINE means security, without it I would feel very insecure". "I think it's great so I can stay and live at home". "I know all I have to do is push my button and help will be here". – less–ZoomInfo